Autumn Blessing

As the trees bear fruit and the harvest is bought in,
blessings ripen in you.

As the earth holds dear the roots of trees,
God’s love for you holds you fast, and gives you life.

fall-one leaf, blue skyAs the trees shed their leaves in beauty
and the garden gives up its riches in abundance,
you learn to surrender gracefully,
forgive deeply, offer gifts generously,
and in all your losses trust that deeper blessings
are given you.

As the earth turns toward winters’ darkness
in its gentle dance of seasons,
you walk through life’s challenges without fear,
trusting the unseen spring yet to come.

As autumn’s colors pour into the world,
blessing unfolds in you;
as autumn puts its gold in your hands,
you grow in love and become more beautiful,
and make the world more beautiful.

And even the trees, amazed, thank you.


Steve Garnaas-HolmesĀ is a poet, songwriter and ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving in Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Beth. He previously served in Montana and New Hampshire. He writes a daily contemplative reflection, Unfolding Light, as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources.

One Response to “Autumn Blessing”

  1. ken kauffman says:

    thanks Steve….appreciate the succinct and thoughtful prose.

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